Peter Leko wins Dortmund 2008

Peter Leko wins Dortmund 2008

SonofPearl
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Jul 6, 2008, 1:59 PM |
6 | Chess Event Coverage

Leko takes third title

Peter Leko (pictured) comfortably drew his last round game with Arkadij Naiditsch to take his third Dortmund title to add to his wins in 1999 and 2002.  Despite Naiditsch playing the Marshall Gambit, early exchanges meant it never looked like being anything other than a draw, which duly arrived on move 31.

There were, however, two decisive games on the final day, and the first occurred in the clash of the pre-tournament favourites Kramnik and Ivanchuk.  Ivanchuk held a slight edge throughout the game and kept up the pressure until Kramnik finally cracked with 48. Nf8?? losing on the spot.

Kramnik therefore finishes a hugely disappointing 7th out of 8, with only Loek Van Wely below him in the final standings.  Poor Loek lost again today, this time against Mamedyarov and will no doubt want to forget this tournament as soon as possible.

Congratulations to Peter Leko -  he was undefeated and beat Gustafsson and Ivanchuk to take the title!

The results in the final round:

Leko, Peter - Naiditsch, Arkadij ½-½ 31 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall
Ivanchuk, Vassily - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 49 C42 Petroff's Defence
Nepomniachtchi, Ian - Gustafsson, Jan ½-½ 22 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Van Wely, Loek - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1 39 D38 QGD Ragozin

 

The final standings:


Leko, Peter   HUN   2741 
*   1 ½   ½   1 ½   ½   ½     

Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  2740 
0 *  ½  ½  ½  1 1 ½  4

Nepomniachtchi, Ian  RUS  2634 
½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  ½  1 4

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  2752 
½  ½  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  1 4

Gustafsson, Jan  GER  2603 
0 ½  ½  ½  *  1 ½  1 4

Naiditsch, Arkadij  GER  2624 
½  0 ½  ½  0 *  1 1  

Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  2788 
½  0 ½  ½  ½  0 *  1 3

Van Wely, Loek  NED  2677 
½  ½  0 0 0 0 0 *  1

 

 

 

 

 


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